Duke Mcvinnie and I
It’s a bit of an understatement to say I’ve been remiss in updating my website over the last year or so, but, it’s gotten that it’s ridiculous. I’m meant to have a public career as an artist, not some private one that I have happening that no one ever knows about except those in my immediate circles, or that happen to be at the event at the right place/right time. Insane!
So, I’m going to try my darnedest to be a good girl, and really be on top of this, this time. It’s been difficult for me, because with the other millions of artists literally clamouring for your attention at every turn, and with every man and thier dog on face book, I just didn’t want to add to the clutter and noise. But I have things to share, and I certainly need somewhere to keep you updated with new music, so I must stop being silly and get with it! Of course if it proves too much effort, and only four people seem to visit with any regularity (sorry to those very keen four, but it will be bye bye. It’s a lot of effort and time, and I could be writing a song instead).
So, as an update. Just before heading down to Nashvile, I’d been doing something fortuitous that put me in good stead for the Emmy gig. I’d never done backing vocals before (actually once for an amazingly talented Belgian artist named Admiral Freebie – check out his music, what a fanastic songwriter! And of course in church all throughout my childhood and youth lol) – but really hardly at all professionally.
I connected in a beautiful way with a woman (does that sound gay? lmao) who lives near me called Jane Scarpantoni.
Such a phenomenal cellist it’s hard to describe. Thoroughly and utterly unique – nothing of the usual classical sound, she has learned to use her instrument in ways that are completely bizarre yet profoundly beautiful. Having toured for years with Lou Reed, (among other musical luminaries) she now plays with an amazing songwriter who flies much more under the radar, called Duke Mcvinnie. After going to one of his local shows, I was floored by his beautiful songs. Jane managed to get his somewhat elusive self out to meet us. Before long he’d heard some of my music too and asked that I come sing with his band.
It was an odd thing for me to take on really, being in the middle of making my own new record, with lots of travel planned etc, but the music and Duke himself being so amazing (not to mention Jane and his band), I couldn’t turn it down. So we began rehearsing, I started doing BV’s, and taking the lead sometimes, trading verses with Duke. His songwriting just blows me away. I’ve learned so much about unique phrasing, and great use of interesting chords already. But the best thing was, it had me prepared for backing vocals for Emmylou, which I otherwise might not have been so confident about if I hadn’t have had a few rehearsals backing Duke in the weeks prior. Funny how things work!
Be sure to listen to his music here:http://www.dukemcvinnie.com/> and get your hands on a copy of one of his records. It’s really hard to choose, because this man is just a genius songwriter that should have been more famous than a lot of the rubbish out there, but I seem to be getting a lot of spins out of Euchre.